Travel agencies will continue to receive 7% commission

7 August 2003

SWISS has decided to maintain the basic commission rate for Swiss travel agents at 7 per cent and will not introduce a 0 per cent commission rate until January 1, 2005.

Since the beginning of this year, SWISS has been conducting intensive talks with travel agency representatives on the future commission policy. The decisive factors in the examination of the currently valid 7 per cent basic commission model were the present economic situation at SWISS and also the pressure of many European airlines to cut travel agency commission payments in their home markets.

Against the background of the difficult economic environment, which also affects the travel branch, SWISS has decided to introduce the 0 per cent commission model in the year 2005, thus giving the agencies adequate time to prepare for this new form of collaboration.

New fare structure
In Autumn this year, SWISS will introduce a completely new product and fare concept for European destinations. The new fares will make travel in Europe simpler, more flexible and cheaper. Based on the new competitive fares and a transparent commission policy, SWISS looks forward to the continuation of the partnership with Swiss travel agencies.